Good job, Minister Ferguson
Let me commend Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson on the work he has been doing. The reopening of the Santa Cruz Health Centre marks the the reopening of over 100 health centers across Jamaica since he took office. This is a step in the right direction.
Minister Ferguson continues to focus on improved health care for Jamaicans as these health centres of excellence are expected to deal with areas such as laboratory tests, dental, maternity, and paediatric health, HIV, family planning, etc.
In 2013 he tabled legislation with the view to control the ill health caused by tobacco exposure. From this there should be a decrease in the amount taxpayers pay to mange diseases caused by tobacco exposure. Research shows that for every $1 of taxes collected for cigarette companies Government spends between $8 and $13 to treat tobacco-related illnesses. The legislation should also result in the improved health of the persons previously exposed to tobacco as they will no longer face the threat.
We have also seen an improvement in the number of vehicles that serve this sector. As recent as September 2013 ambulances valued at $80 million were handed over to the different regional authorities. This, in my view, is a great improvement achieved in the minister's two years in office.
It is important to note that Minister Fenton Ferguson is one who tries his best to keep his promises and this inspires confidence in him and his ability to get things done.
It is for this reason now that he has committed to put in place a suitable Kidney Transplant Programme at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. We eagerly await this accomplishment.